Here is a link to an article on lighting. I found it to be very helpful getting a handle on terminology and just to know what is out there in terms of lights. I hope you find it informative.
>>>Lighting the Reef Tank: A Primer for Beginners<<<
Secondly, I would suggest trying to get your hands on some RO
water to use for your water changes and top-offs. You should be able to buy some from your LFS
, but be sure to ask when and how often they change their filters. You could also look into getting one (RO
unit) for your own use. Tap water contains a lot of nasties that don't help with keeping a "healthy" tank (such as silicates and phosphates to name a couple that algae feed on).
, a good clean-up crew would really help. Some online vendors have clean-up packages, but I think putting together your own would be better. Some people don't like hermit crabs in their tanks, and some don't mind them. It will vary from person to person. Here is the type of variety I'm talking about
: Nassarius (only if you have a DSB
), tiger trochus, trochus, cerith, nerite, astrea, peppermint shrimp, cleaner shrimp, small scarlet hermits (optional), and a serpent star (NOT green brittle). I'm unsure on the amounts of each for your sized tank. Maybe someone else can step in with help there.
I hope this will help, and not overwhelm you? You are doing the right thing by asking here, we'll get ya going in the right direction!!
[EDIT = just wondered if you have a skimmer?] sorry if you posted on this already